Viewing entries posted in March 2016
Suspended sentences are to be phased out in Tasmania. See http://www.themercury.com.au/news/scales-of-justice/suspended-jail-terms-face-axe-for-serious-crimes/news-story/5d5c7cd60003ecc4a4f7c05ce00c95c4
Registrations are now open for the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 18 to 23 September 2016. I will be attending and have submitted an abstract for considersation in the Science and Justice stream. See http://www.conference.co.nz/anzfss16/home/home
A Prosecutor in the US (Illinois) says that he has found "clear and convincing evidence" that a former police officer was wrongly convicted of the 1957 murder of a 7 year old girl in what is believed to be the nation's oldest cold case to go to trial. See http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/25/us/oldest-cold-case-conviction-overturned-maria-ridulph-taken/index.html
Came across a very interesting historical English case of "The Campden Wonder" where three people were hanged for murder in 1661 and the alleged victim subsequently turned up in 1662. See http://www.cotswolds.info/strange-things/the-campden-wonder.shtml
The case of Frits Van Beelen is currently being argued before the Court of Criminal Appeal in SA. See http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/frits-van-beelen-argues-evidence-used-to-convict-him-of-1970s-murder-of-teenager-was-unreliable/news-story/4afa6167b6f8c9bff9a3ab2dc0d504de
Found an excellent 2010 article by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty and Hielkje Verbrugge from Charles Sturt University on the reality, fantasy and truth about "CSI effects". See https://www.psychology.org.au/publications/inpsych/2010/august/goodman/
Speech by the Chief Justice of NSW on Illegally or Improperly Obtained Evidence: In Defence of Australia's Discretionary Approach
Bill Rowlings OAM, CEO, Civil Liberties Australia, kindly referred this recent paper to me. See http://www.supremecourt.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Speeches/2016%20Speeches/Bathurst_20160302.pdf?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150307_QLU
Just received my copy of the newly published Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials by Ian Freckelton QC, Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Jacqueline Horan and Blake McKimmie (Oxford University Press 2016). I have met Ian Freckelton at a number of forums and had the good fortune to meet Jacqueline Horan at an Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences function in Melbourne late last year.
University of Melbourne article on the "Making a Murderer Effect" and the Highlighting of Miscarriages of Justice
Came across this very interesting article by Liz Banks-Anderson in Pursuit from the University of Melbourne on Twitter this morning on the "Making a Murderer Effect". See https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/editing-the-making-a-murderer-effect.
Spoke with Gaye Barlow (a fellow course participant) this morning on the Ryk Goddard breakfast show on ABC Hobart 936 on the recent memory courses that I have undertaken here in Hobart with Bill Aronson. You can listen to the interview here from 1:49 to 1:56. https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peP36Vrqr3?play=true